Manchester United Vs Liverpool Match Report
Manchester United’s teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford was the name of everyone’s lips at the end of the first 45 minutes of play at Old Trafford. It was to be expected from a player, who, although had seemed to struggle at times this season, took two exquisite finishes in the first half to ensure a sometimes nervy victory against old foes, Liverpool.
Many had expected an explosive Liverpool performance given the form of Mohamed Salah and his forward counterparts, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho but it was one of those days when Liverpool’s big boys were just nowhere to be found.
The main culprit for the first goal was Liverpool’s full back, Trent Alexander-Arnold who was spun like a bottle cork before Rashford dispatched the ball into the corner beyond the helpless goalkeeper. It was a reminder once again that despite Liverpool’s attacking qualities, they have a few defenders who are just not up to it at the top level.
Dejan Lovren was ruthlessly exploited by Romelu Lukaku and even though Manchester United has a mere 32% possession, they remained tidy and efficient and led at the back by Bailly, it was a near flawless performance.
Bailly’s performance was blighted by an own goal but it was not before another United goal. Lukaku bullied Lovren to the ball and there was Rashford once again to pounce and punish some lacklustre defending.
United retreated in the second half, leaving Liverpool with everything to do and Bailly would be unfortunate to provide the own goal which gave the away side a glimmer of hope to snatch a draw.
Maroaune Fellaini came on to steady the ship and did a good job of it but United looked tense as the officials added six minutes of time at the end of the ninety. Eventually, United held their own to grasp a much needed three points which will almost certainly assure them of a top-four finish.